One of Marvel’s former moguls is returning as Amazon plans to apply a greater focus on comic book films and TV series.
Joe Quesada, former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief and ex-Marvel Entertainment chief creative officer, has signed an exclusive first-look film and television deal with Amazon, focusing on adapting new and existing comic books for their streaming platform.
“Joe has been a singular and influential creative force guiding some of the most iconic storytelling that exists today,” stated Nick Pepper, head of U.S. owned development at Amazon. “The opportunity to bring his expertise and vision to Amazon studios presents a world of possibilities and we can’t wait to see what he brings to life next.”
Already operating under Sony-owned Marvel projects, Amazon can now take a breathe a sigh of relief as seasoned professional Quesada takes the reins, bringing his extensive knowledge of both characters and writers to the table. Previously, he spent 24 years working with Marvel, helping to produce storylines that later became big-screen hits including Civil War, Age of Ultron, and Guardians of the Galaxy. His developed characters include Ms. Marvel and Miles Morales, the latter being the protagonist of Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse.
“I can’t begin to express just how thrilled I am to be joining the Amazon Studios family,” Quesada said. “From the moment Nick Pepper, Matt King, and the team approached me, it was clear we spoke the same language and shared the same creative goals. What was also clear is that they’re creating a collaborative environment and unique methodology that I’m surprised no one has yet thought to implement, but I’m certain will be quickly imitated.”
As part of Amazon’s deal with Sony regarding Marvel titles, the streaming platform is now teaming up with Angela Kang, former Walking Dead showrunner, to produce Silk: Spider Society. This new production will feature more than 900 unique characters and featuring Silk, the main character of this new web series.